Introduction: "An old man wearing a tattered cloak wanders table to table, entreating each group of adventurers with his pleas, but they fall on deaf ears. Finally, he comes to your table and cries, 'Adventurers! I have a quest that must be undertaken by a group of stalwart experienced men, who will defeat the oncoming evil that threatens this innocent town!' He describes his terrible tale, of monsters that have been attacking homes at the outskirts of the village, and asks that you help. 'We have little we can give you for undertaking this trial. But it is the utmost important and...'"
"Wait. What? You want us to risk life and limb because of some monsters that might kill us?"
"Yes," he says, "But—"
"But nothing. How does he even know we can do this? You can't tell what level we are just by looking at us. What if it's goblins? That would be a waste of time, wouldn't it? But if it was trolls and ogres like it was last time... why did Harry pick Lightning Bolt instead of Fireball, anyway?"
Gameplay: The Tiny Furniture Quest Board is a multipiece resin miniature that's, at least, less suspicious than having some smelly weird guy come up to your table and sucker you into doing his dirty work for him. Well, it's still not exactly trustworthy, but at least you don't have to improvise on the spot when the PC's grill your NPC and all you prepared was the location of the fireproof trolls and ogres lair. Oh, sure, the PCs may skip the first job listing for the trolls and ogres, but may be interested in the second one, for the bugbears and hobgoblins (who turn out to be working for the trolls and ogres). Quest postings may have enough information on them for the PCs to do a little questioning about who posted the quest, or you may offer multiple quests, luring the PCs to the one that seems to be the most trustworthy.
A village quest board may also be useful to indicate the village's center of information and activity, besides the generic tavern. Have an annoying do-goody Paladin who refuses to enter the tavern? Send the party to the quest board. Does the thief want to do nothing but pick pockets and get the other players mad at him? Send the party to the quest board. Which is located right in front of the town guard.
The Tiny Furniture Quest Board can also be used for other bits of information. You can post village news on it, so you don't have to contrive an NPC blurt out something that's obviously a clue that the players need. Or you can put an NPC near the quest board, since that's where the outsiders and job-hunters hang around. Or you could put a Criminal Sought poster on it, whose image looks suspiciously like the thief who keeps picking everyone's pockets. In any case, you can use a Quest Board for many things, not just seeing where the next troll and ogre lair is.
Miniature Assembly: As said, the miniature is a multi-piece figure. Some of the parts come on sprues, which are thicker and trickier to remove than your usual plastic sprue. I highly recommend a sprue cutter, such as one from the Army Painter. You will also want to drill and pin the length of "wood" to the base and miniature. For glue, I actually used plain white school glue, but you can use superglue or whatever works.
Miniature Painting: I primed the miniature with a brown brush-on primer, and used Instar Paint's Mud Brown and other basecoat brown colors, followed by Army Painter's brown Strong Tone ink. I also experimented with ochre Army Painter for various edge highlighting undercoats. You might instead just want to edge highlight with a pale brown, such as Army Painter Monster Brown. I also used black Army Painter Dark Tone for a controlled blacklining wash between board pieces, as well as shadows beneath the paper. Experiment with different browns for different parts of the board, with lighter and orange-browns for the decorative crenalations and top slats. For the stones on the base, I used grey craft paint, followed by Secret Weapon Miniature's Stone wash. For the Wanted picture, I took an ochre picture (of the Thief from the Tiny Furniture "Tiny Market Square" crowdfunding project!), tore the edges of the paper with my fingers, and used sticky tack to stick it onto the board. You should be able to use a paint or draw program to make something similar using your player's character miniatures, or the players themselves! The final painted picture includes the Secret Weapon "Field of Screams" base, and the dog from the Tiny Furniture "Dog with Kennel". Tiny Furniture can also paint the miniatures they sell (although they have a queue of at least a month), and a picture of their professionally painted Quest Board is included in this review.
Conclusion: While I don't like drilling and pinning, the miniature was otherwise not difficult to paint, and, hopefully, the painting tips I've written will help you paint the miniature more quickly than I did. I do recommend painting multiple wooden miniatures at the same time, so take a look at the Tiny Furniture website for more of their fantastic, detailed, furniture.